Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA
Test Waiver FAQ

At Notre Dame, we are dedicated to increasing access to our Two-Year MBA for those who are committed to grow the good in business and who are prepared for the academic rigor of a top MBA program. We require test scores (GMAT or GRE) as an application component. However, if you have demonstrated evidence of academic readiness and quantitative ability through undergraduate or graduate coursework or career experience, you may qualify for a test waiver. Following are some helpful FAQs for prospective students.


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Candidates may request a test waiver once they open an application. They will be asked to upload a short statement to explain the request (no more than 150 words).

To qualify for a test waiver, you must first submit your application. Once your application is submitted, your test waiver request will then be evaluated. You will be notified of the waiver request at the time of the admissions decision in the round to which you applied.

Each candidate should choose whether or not they want to request a waiver based on their particular circumstances. Note that test scores do provide an additional data point in determining academic readiness and quantitative ability. In some cases, providing a test score can enhance the candidate profile, where elements of academic readiness are less definitive.

In the event you are approved for the test waiver, we have placed more weight on other factors, such as undergraduate GPA, course rigor and career experience. Requesting a waiver does not hinder your chance for admission.

Your test scores will remain within your file. If your request for a test waiver is approved, your prior scores will not be included in the evaluation of your application.

No. We have always taken a holistic view of assessing a candidate’s ability to succeed in the program, which includes such things as resilience, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, leadership and alignment with Mendoza’s larger mission. While standardized test scores are just one factor in this assessment, we still assess for academic readiness based on undergraduate coursework and career experience as a part of the holistic review. As stewards of the student journey, we want to ensure your success through graduation and beyond.

Yes. However, candidates who submit a competitive test score are more eligible for merit-based scholarships.

The Meyer Fellowship selects recipients based on several factors, including academic performance, prior work experience, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to the mission of Notre Dame.

Please note that the Meyer Fellowship is solely for two-year MBA candidates with a GMAT score. The GRE is not eligible.

No. Requesting a test waiver is an opportunity for the admissions team to assess your academic readiness for the rigor of the program.

If you are denied a test waiver, the admissions committee may request additional information (e.g., test score, quantitative coursework, etc.).

Each cycle we evaluate our test policies.